What are the qualifications of a surrogate parent?
A surrogate parent must have knowledge and skills that ensure adequate representation of the child. A person with such knowledge and skills may be a foster parent, relative, or a friend in the community. To the extent possible, the surrogate parent should match the child’s cultural and linguistic background. The Ohio Department of Education requires that surrogates must successfully complete training for surrogate parents. The Ohio Department of Health requires that the surrogate have knowledge and skills necessary to ensure the adequate representation of the child.